Program Details

Participate in an After School Matters program!

Key things to keep in mind before you apply:

  • You must be a Chicago resident and attend a Chicago High School.
  • The majority of our programs are for teens ages 14-18.
  • You must be eager to explore your potential and find your future.
  • You will earn a financial stipend for participating, reinforcing the value of your time and efforts.

Late February — Mid-May
Spring application opens in late November

Late June — Early August
Summer application opens in April

Late September — Mid-December
Fall application opens in late August

Program Categories


  • Hands-on programs where teens learn skills in a specific content area.
  • Teens must be at least 14-years-old and are awarded a stipend for program completion.


  • Introductory workplace experiences where teens receive mentorship to produce team-based projects.
  • Teens must be at least 16-years-old and are awarded a stipend for program completion.


  • Integrated workplace experiences that directly connect to career pathways where teens receive guidance to lead independent and team-based projects.
  • Teens must be at least 16-years-old and are paid an hourly wage.

Graduated Teens

  • Are you a recent high school graduate, between the ages of 18-24, still trying to figure out what’s next for you? Learn more about our paid ASM Launch program that helps you make concrete plans for your future.

Types of Programs


Performing, visual, and culinary arts

Communication & Leadership

Business, journalism, marketing and media


Sports instruction, stadium management, health and wellness


Applied and natural science, audio/visual, industrial and information technology

My favorite takeaway from my ASM program is to be confident in yourself. I joined ASM for the first time this year, and I was very shy and scared of meeting new people. But I stepped out of my comfort zone, met new friends, and learned new skills in dance.

Jasmin M.

ASM teen

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